Category Archives: Occultism

Is Satanism still relevant?

People within the occult movement tend to be rather pessimistic with regards to the relevancy and integrity of Satanism in the 21st century. Well, the question isn’t exactly as simple as whether or not it is relevant. We need to first take into account what Satanism is.

I consider the only valid definition of Satanism to be whatever works for the particular Satan, or the adversarial person. In other words, if you take on the Devil’s name and play the Devil’s game, Satanism is whatever it is to you. It’s not up to me to determine your life for you. If this is what we understand as Satanism, then yes, it is and always will be relevant. The only problems would have to arise from the particular person and their personal shortcomings.

There’s, of course, another way to look at Satanism, a way I violently disagree with, and that’s to look at a book, a guru or what have you and just calling that Satanism. If that’s how you look and it then yes, sooner or later it’s going to be outdated and irrelevant. That’s also the biggest problem with mainstream religion: dogma. Dogma will always be outdated and struck aside at some point.

That said, I do consider Satanism very relevant, I think it always will be. What you choose to call it is a separate issue entirely: what matters is the essence. It’s the Satanic spirit of progress, strife and antinomianism that matters.

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The Adversary and creative destruction

Progress is achieved through strife. Always. Nothing comes from stagnation but more of the same. It is the outsider, the hated, the different that causes progress in this world. Scientific discoveries, philosophical breakthroughs, political revolutions, it is that which we call Satan, the Black Flame, which creates all of these. Who else, but the rebel is it that brings forth chaos from which progress can yet again manifest? Who else, but the dark hand of Satan?

Satan, that figure whose very name means adversary, why should it be a surprise that it’s none but him that creates all that we now take for granted, but fought tooth and nail to prevent just yesterday?

Lucifer, the light-bearer, the bringer of knowledge, is it thou who hast fallen from heaven, or is it thee who hast created heaven for thyself?

Prometheus, the great one, it is you who defied the very forces that define yourself to bring forth the knowledge we now wield at our fingertips. Fire, flame, that primordial force that defines the principle of human progress. To plant a field, one must first burn the weeds that corrupt the land.

Set, the primordial darkness, it is you who lights the Black Flame within me. None but you may feed its roaring flames. You, who brought yourself into being, yet do not exist lest I initiate the process of coming into being.

Óðinn, the lord of the mysteries, you cast yourself into the sea abyss only to emerge with that undefiled, immaculate wisdom which we all seek. None shall follow, all shall lead.

Thor, the master of change, it is you I speak of. It is you who defeats the forces of the Thurisaz, but why? For the old to be thrust aside and the new to be brought forth. For creative destruction.

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Introduction to Magick

This post will serve as a primer for studies in magick at the beginner level. This post will not replace study in magical systems, nor will it replace study in philosophical schools of thought. This post will, however, guide you on the right path to get you started in magick. It will also explain what magick is and is not, from my perspective. This post is dealing with “black” magick specifically, but can be applied to any shade of magick with some adjustments.

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Baphomet

Baphomet - The Goat of Mendes The image of Baphomet, other then being one of the most notorious occult symbols, is a combination of numerous symbols, deities, demons and spirits. Some of the more significant ones include Pan, Cernunnos and Hathor, the most significant feature of course being the archetype of the horned-god. The most famous depiction of the Baphomet (picture above) was made by Eliphas Levi for his book Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie.

The origin of the word “Baphomet” is almost certainly a corruption of “Muhammad” (“Mohamet” in Latin). Others claim it to be a combination of two Greek words, “baphe” and “metis”, meaning roughly “absorption of knowledge”, but given the context of the Baphomet, this doesn’t make as much sense.

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